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Being a mother cured me from my perfectionist and workaholic ways
Quartz via Government Executive
As a manager and a mom, Sayu Bhojwani finds that spring no longer brings only the promise of outdoors time. Instead, it's a flurry of school and work events and summer planning for the family on the one hand and an office team on the other hand. "But this year, as I plan at the office during the day and at home during the night, I am struck both by how much time these tasks take and how much more effective I have become at them after parenting for eight years," Bhojwani writes. "My priorities haven’t necessarily shifted, but they have expanded to include time to pause, compliment and celebrate."
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The 3 Cs of events in 2014: Content, community and collaboration
Live gatherings play a very necessary role in this modern age. But they also create peculiar challenges. How can we create compelling live experiences? Let's start with three elements that have always been intrinsic to live events, but are increasingly important in our digital age: content, community and collaboration.
The 7 stages of business travel stress
Harvard Business Review
How stressful is business travel? Check out this interactive timeline for specific insight.
From shutdown to shutout: How federal cuts are impacting the meetings industry
Professional Convention Management Association
In this look at the current environment in government meetings, SGMP executive director & CEO Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP, called the CGMP program "an effective tool in building the public trust." See what else he and other industry spokespeople had to say.
Register now for SGMP webinar on June 12 — 'Smart Meetings Management'
Join James Brixius from Cvent and Amanda Yates, CGMP, from the U.S. Department of Education to learn different ways to maintain compliance with meeting policies and expectations, how to manage communication campaigns and facilitate registrations and effective ways to analyze events to demonstrate ROI for your event. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register now.
Engaging your audience by facilitating instead of presenting
Meetings & Conventions
We hear a lot about audience engagement being so important these days, because meeting attendees expect more from their speakers than the standard brain dump of days gone by. Audiences want to acquire knowledge to help them solve their day-to-day problems. That's why they take time away from the office and spend a considerable amount to attend a meeting. Consider adopting a facilitating, rather than a presenting perspective.
For your next flight, hope the TSA 'randomizer' puts you in a faster lane
When you want to get through airport security faster, the screeners have an app for that. To clear waiting lines more quickly, the Transportation Security Administration uses a "randomizer" app at about 100 U.S. airports to sort which travelers get directed into the PreCheck lane, the one where you don't need to doff your shoes, belt and jacket.
Hotel marketing: Investing in people and technology
Hotel News Resource
Investment in technology is often justified by increases in productivity and reductions in labor costs. However, at U.S. hotels, investment in technology within the sales and marketing department has led to shifts in marketing strategies, with only slight increases in salaries, wages and benefits. To gain a better understanding of how U.S. hotels are deploying their unit-level marketing dollars, we have examined the Sales and Marketing Department expenses of a same-store sample of 825 properties during the years 2007 through 2012.
MCCA deploys mobile enhanced mass notification platform at 4 venues
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Desktop Alert Inc., a provider of network-centric mass warning notification systems to military, government, healthcare, higher education and industrial organizations, recently announced that its Microsoft Windows ASP.NET MVC-based emergency communication platform has been deployed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority at four of its venues. Desktop Alert deployment allows the MCCA to prepare for and respond effectively to both major and minor incidents at their facilities, and enhances the Authority's internal public safety communications.
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Washington Monument attracts line of eager visitors as it reopens after repairs
The Washington Post
Check out this minute-long time-lapse video that documents the nearly three-year restoration of the Washington Monument. One of the city's signature tourist draws with the best view in the District reopened to the public on May 12 after a 2011 earthquake and $15 million in repairs.
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